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Track of the Day: Persian Leaps

Posted on 9/13/2013

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Persian Leaps - "Silent Treatment"

Off the Record had Persian Leaps in Studio K last week and it was pretty awesome. Persian Leaps are a noise pop band with a sound that will get you and your dad going. Check out the track "Silent Treatment" available for free download below.

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Track of the Day: Step Rockets

Posted on 9/6/2013

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Step Rockets - "Kisser"

Step Rockets are Off The Record's most recent local spotlight. Stay tuned to Radio K for video from their In-Studio. Step Rockets is an indie rock band exploring psychedelia, modern hooks, and worldly grooves. Check out their track "Kisser" for free download below. 

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Track of the Day: Dessa

Posted on 8/30/2013

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Dessa - "Call Off Your Ghost"

Soft Metals - "Lenses"

Soft Metals have just announced their upcoming LP Lenses. Taking bits of influences from early -'70s synth inovators Chris Carter and Klaus Schulze, Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall have taken the direction of this record to the dancefloor. You can download the first single, "Lenses," below.

- See more at: http://www.radiok.org/blogs/new/archive/2013/8/11/trac"

"Call Off Your Ghost" is a brand new track from Dessa's solo release. Studio K hosted Dessa last Friday when she came in to show OTR this new album, Parts of Speech. Click the polaroid below to checkout live performances, tracks for download, and more from Studio K. Also a cut off Parts of Speech is available for streaming and download. 

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Track of the Day: Kitten Forever

Posted on 8/16/2013

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Kitten Forever - "Double Disco"

Soft Metals - "Lenses"

Soft Metals have just announced their upcoming LP Lenses. Taking bits of influences from early -'70s synth inovators Chris Carter and Klaus Schulze, Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall have taken the direction of this record to the dancefloor. You can download the first single, "Lenses," below.

- See more at: http://www.radiok.org/blogs/new/archive/2013/8/11/trac"

Local favorites, Kitten Forever, are rocking that 90's Riot Grrrl fierceness of "Double Disco". Check out the video of the OTR In-Studio! You can also download this track for free and steam right now! 

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Track of the Day: Huge Rat Attacks

Posted on 8/9/2013

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Huge Rat Attacks - "Wheel"

Soft Metals - "Lenses"

Soft Metals have just announced their upcoming LP Lenses. Taking bits of influences from early -'70s synth inovators Chris Carter and Klaus Schulze, Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall have taken the direction of this record to the dancefloor. You can download the first single, "Lenses," below.

- See more at: http://www.radiok.org/blogs/new/archive/2013/8/11/trac"

Huge Rat Attacks album "Organic Babies" has just dropped. The entire album is now streaming on their bandcamp and can be purchased there, on iTunes, Amazon.com, eMusic, you'll also receive a physical print of the artwork. Check out Off the Record for more local music. Huge Rat Attacks just did an In-Studio, stay tuned for video.

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Track of the Day: Tree Blood

Posted on 8/9/2013

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Tree Blood - "90s Rocker Girl"

Local band Tree Blood, also known as what makes trees grow and die in Minneapolis, have released a new single. Tree Blood new song "90s Rocker Girl" is available for free download below, and you can also check out the band when they were in Studio K. 

"90s Rocker Girl"

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Track of the Day: Strange

Posted on 7/26/2013

Strange - "Kathy Bates"

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Track of the Day: Rabbit Holes

Posted on 7/19/2013

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Rabbit Holes - "I Ain't Coming Back Tonight"

Rabbit Holes were just in Studio K for Off The Record- stay glued to radiok.org for video from that! Right now Rabbit Holes is the Track of the Day for Friday with a track for free download below. Check out their Bandcamp for more, and tune in to OTR today at 3pm for more local music!

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Weekly Release Spotlight: Lower Dens

Posted on 6/4/2012

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Lower Dens
Nootropics

[Ribbon Music]

Indie rock is a tough world in which to exist in 2012. Too many of its players take a slightly overdriven guitar, plunk out some major chords in common time, and call it a day once they've gotten a predictable haircut to match the music.

Lower Dens have decidedly placed themselves outside of this realm. First of all, they've done their homework. Driving rhythms with a polite hustle underpin many of the tracks present here, a clear nod to the drumming style present in Germany's Krautrock movement of the late 60's and 70's. I could count all the drums fills present on Nootropics on one hand.  Layers appear over the rhythm, bury it, but never stop it from chugging along. Those layers are frequently composed of organic sounds pulled from what seems to be a myriad of guitar effects pedals and obscure synthesizer settings. Such tones make it clear that much time was spent in the recording studio, also evidenced by the unique textures created by multiple vocal overdubs singing in different tambres to create an occasionally otherworldy vocal presence.

Surrealism seems to be a key theme to this album. It's apparent from the cover artwork that it's intended for a late night. What first struck me was its slight similarity to the cover art for David Lynch's psychotic 2006 film Inland Empire. While it doesn't have the "freak out" moments in that film which actually did give me nightmares for a few evenings, it would be totally appropriate to occupy the sonic space of the film where the characters wander around mysterious grimey urban areas at odd hours. There's an incredible uneasiness present when they want it to be, such as on the album's closer, "In the End is the Beginning".

The album is mellow, sure, and if you don't pay attention you might pass it off as another indie dream-pop release. I ask that you keep those ears alert and attentive while absorbing Nootropics as its detailed and rich production will reveal a ghostly sensibility to the album that may be lost on the casual listener but if noticed will make the album an entirely more enjoyable experience. It must be hidden in the reverb.

Tom Steffes is Radio K's Digital Media Producer.

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